Stuff by: Steven Ward

Vampire Weekend bring Harmony Hall and all the hits to Hollywood Bowl show

“And the stone walls of Harmony Hall bear witness.” So sings Ezra Koenig to an amphitheater of over seventeen-thousand faces, the words resounding off the stone floors of the Hollywood Bowl through the chilled air. And the lines of “Harmony Hall,” beyond its disillusionment with what should be considered sacred and righteous, carried an elusive […]

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Geneva White
Premiere: Geneva White finds freedom in tough truths on new single “FRAME”

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Geneva White touches on a visceral vulnerability on her new single “FRAME.” Written on her bedroom floor–in the depths of her feelings listening to Taylor Swift–the song finds inspiration in a phone call White had with a close friend in which she found herself unable to open up in the way she […]

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Ohana Fest remains a mainstay for SoCal festivals with its dizzying trifecta of The Strokes, Eddie Vedder, and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Returning for its fourth year at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point the annual Ohana Fest remains a quintessential festival amongst the many that have cropped up in Southern California in recent years. With its placement on the shores of one of the state’s picturesque beaches, surrounded by palms, and constantly caressed by cool weather […]

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Of Monsters and Men bring their fever dream to the Hollywood Palladium

There was a time when Icelandic rock outfit Of Monsters and Men were being dubbed the next Arcade Fire. With the breakout success of their single “Little Talks” and their penchant for crafting colossal, folk-inclined anthems it was hard to argue with that sentiment at first. But even then the comparison–however much a compliment of […]

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BIIANCO shares trippy video for new single “Rice Crispies” — LA date at Hot Shot Muffler

Operating as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer Gabby Bianco, Los Angeles-based BIIANCO is steeped in the kind of electronic, chill-wave tones that could only be born out of a sleepless city bathed in neon. BIIANCO’s new single “Rice Crispies,” thrives on a thrumming soundscape of moody electronica that’s lent a sensual wonder in Bianco’s […]

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Angelica Garcia says wear your roots in new video for single “JÍCAMA”

In the video for her new single “JÍCAMA”, Angelica Garcia stands with a Mexican flag draped around her shoulders and offers up a lucid command: Wear your roots. A defiant stance in today’s climate of xenophobic attempts to erase immigrant and minority identities woven into American history and culture, Garcia wears the pride she has […]

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Gang of Youths say yes to life at Roxy Theatre show

Wild-eyed and full of manic life, David Le’aupepe moves slowly through the sea of iridescent faces and outstretched arms that have marooned him in their affections. The innards of The Roxy Theatre have hit a fever pitch. And with sweat now dripping from his brow and mane—glistening reminders of the hour he’s just spent dancing […]

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Jail Weddings channel all the best of Smiths-Byrne and their own manic experimentation on Wilted Eden

Having spent a decade honing their sound steeped in the depths of a sub-genre of music they coined as death doo-wop, Los Angeles-based Jail Weddings have returned with their third album in Wilted Eden. To celebrate the new record, the band will play a record release show on Sept. 24 at The Satellite. Mingling all […]

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Fell Runner
Premiere: Fell Runner share whimsical, unsurprisingly dog-filled video for “Dog Inside a Car”

Los Angeles rock quartet Fell Runner have shared the video for their song “Dog Inside a Car,” the off-kilter, guitar chill track off their latest album Talking released earlier this summer. Filmed in the hills near Palmdale and Mt. Emma, CA by Enersto Prieto and directed/edited by Marcus Högsta (Fell Runner bassist), the film hones […]

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Anna V
Anna Vogelzang looks inward for stars on new single “Burning Star”

Wrapped in the gentle allure of her sleek, acoustic melodies, singer/songwriter Anna Vogelzang finds sweet release on her latest single “Burning Star.” Written after a visiting the Infinity Room art installation by Yayoi Kusama at The Broad in Los Angeles, Vogelzang was electrified by the cosmic-side of the sensory experience she underwent—and while driving up […]

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